March 13, 2007

News: Cassatt String Quartet

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Cassatt String Quartet will be artists-in-residence at Bucknell University March 22 through 28. During the residency, the Cassatt will give two public evening performances and an afternoon concert for families and will meet with several classes. The residency is sponsored jointly by the Weis Center for the Performing Arts and the Bucknell Music Department through the Kushell Music Endowment.

The Cassatt String Quartet – Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Michiko Oshima, viola; and Nicole Johnson, cello – will begin the residency with a free Meet-the-Artist lecture-demonstration Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Family Concert

The Cassatt will present a special concert for families, "Sing, Play and Howl with the Cassatt Quartet," Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center. The program, which is free to the public, will include Andrew Waggoner's "I Want to Go with the Wolves," for string quartet with audience participation. The New York-based composer will be at the performance to introduce the work and to rehearse the audience for its participation.

Weis Center Series

The quartet will perform in the Weis Center Events series Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. Presented jointly with the Bucknell department of music, the program will feature guest artists Catherine Payn, soprano, and several women of the Bucknell Opera Company in a program with works by Libby Larsen, Beethoven, Rebecca Clarke and Maurice Ravel. Tickets are $20.

Student Compositions

Members of the ensemble also will hold an open reading of student compositions Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. According to Lois Svard, professor of music at Bucknell, this is a special opportunity for Bucknell student composers. "Members of the Cassatt were sent student compositions and they will use this open reading to comment on the students' work," she said.

During the residency, the Cassatt also will meet with several classes, some of which may be open to the public. Call 577-1239 for details.

Kushell Music Endowment

The Cassatt will close its residency with a free performance Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. The Tuesday program, sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment, will include works by Mendelssohn, Currier and Dvorak.

Formed in 1985 with the encouragement of the Juilliard Quartet, the Manhattan-based Cassatt String Quartet initiated and served as the inaugural participants in Juilliard's Young Artists Quartet Program.

Hailed as one of America’s outstanding ensembles, the Cassatt has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with prestigious appearances in New York, Tanglewood, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and Maeda Hall in Tokyo.

The Quartet travels to Europe this summer performing at the American Academy in Rome and as artists-in-residence at Orvieto Musica in Orvieto, Italy, and two concerts in Mexico. This is the Quartet's second visit to Lewisburg and Bucknell.

For more information or to hear music samples, see http://www.cassattquartet.com/.

Posted March 13, 2007

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